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Table of Contents Video

Table of Contents Video

A video most interesting and learned. If you ever had or ever will need to table your contents, this is a must-watch video.


Following is a transcript of this video:

Hi and welcome to a Mellel quick tutorial on Table of Contents. Today we’re going to learn how to create a table of contents with Mellel. While doing so, we’re also going to learn a bit about auto-titles on which the table of contents is based.

Adding Autotitles

As a starting point lets take this book menuscript, this manuscript is fully formatted and has chapter headings, sub headings, figure captions, and so fourth. All those elements are just text, as far as Mellel is concerned. That is, Mellel doesn’t yet know what they actually are.

Our first step, therefore, is to find these headnings, subheadings and captions, and mark them as such. To do this we simply select the heading and then double-click the appropriate level in the Auto-Title palette.

This heading here is a chapter heading so let’s double-click “Heading 2”. 

This here is a subheading so let’s pick Heading 3 and double click that.

Now we have a figure with a caption below, so we need to select that and double-click “Figure Caption”. Great. Let’s continue. [continues to work as we dissolve to the finished manuscript]

Formatting Headings

Notice that converting the headings and captions into auto-titles is very similar to applying a paragraph style, but that is not what’s happening here. When you create an auto-title you are inserting a special object into the text and this element is formatted according to the rules you specify.

Let’s take these chapter headings, they use a bold and condensed font, let’s try something a bit lighter: Choose Insert->Auto-title->Edit title flows to open the auto-title dropping sheet.

This might look scary but it is actually very straight forward, on the left you have the list of auto-title flows – the types of auto-titles, this list is essentially what you see in the auto-title palette. And on the right you see the details for the flow you selected on the left. We used “Heading 2” for chapter headings so let’s choose “Heading 2” from the list on the left. Now we see on the right all the details for “Heading 2” auto-titles. For now, the interesting detail is in this field. The format.

Click in the format field, choose “select all” to select all and let’s apply the Condensed Bold face. Now click OK. Notice how all chapter headings in the book changed and they are now using the Condensed Bold face.

Inserting a Table of Contents

Now that all our prep work is done, it is time to actually insert a table of contents into the document. This is a two step process, we pick the location and then we insert the table of contents. In our book we’ve made a special heading for the table of contents at the beginning of the book. So, let’s put the insertion point right after that. Now we can insert the table of contents by choosing Insert->Table of contents.

Note that because we inserted the table of contents at the beginning of the document, all the chapters after it were moved ahead by one page or more but Mellel keeps track of this and the page numbers in the table of contents still show the correct number. 

Formatting the table of contents

This table of contents looks nice. But perhaps we can enhance it a little bit by having the page numbers for chapters in bold. Let’s do that. Choose Insert->Auto-title->Edit title flows… Now let’s pick the flow we’ve used for Chapters which is “Heading 2”. But now, instead of editing the main format let’s change the table of contents format.

So let’s click the table of contents tab here. The format shows us the elements that comprise the table of contents line, we have the title, a tab and right here at the end we have the element representing the page number. To change its formatting to bold all we need to do is to select it and apply bold. Now, click “OK” and let’s insert a new table of contents to see how it looks on paper. We’ll select the old one, delete it and choose Insert->Table of contents. 

That’s much better.

Exporting to PDF

Now that our table of contents is ready we can share our manuscript with the world, choose File->Export->PDF, pick a location and click “Save”. Our PDF looks great and the table of contents page numbers link to the corresponding location in the document.

That’s it for now, thanks for watching and we’ll see you in the next video.


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